severe acute respiratory distress syndrome

January 2005
Taber's Cyclopedic Medical Dictionary;2005, p1980
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A definition of "severe acute respiratory distress syndrome" is presented. It refers to a viral respiratory illness, which is highly contagious and potentially lethal. Its symptoms include a fever of higher than 100.4°F, cough, difficulty in breathing, or hypoxia. The syndrome can present a severe case if an infected person catch pneumonia. The disease is identified by the presence of antibody to the causative virus, coronavirus, in an infected person.


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